Saturday, January 28, 2012

Adding Even More Character To a Room With a Stencil

Next up in Jessica’s room makeover was the stencil.
*If you aren’t quite up to speed with us yet, be sure to check out the original room and the paint we are working with.*
I love the dimension and extra somethin’-somethin’ that a stencil can give to a room. It can add that extra “wow factor” that really makes the room!
Jessica and I turned to Royal Design Studio for the stencil, and had so many fantastic options to choose from. In the end, we chose the Tailfeather Allover stencil.
Isn’t it so pretty?!
Guess where that is.

The closet!
I told you we had big plans for it and this is just the tip of the iceberg!!!
Seriously, you are going to DIE when you see what’s going to happen to this space!

This stencil is light and airy. Sophisticated and carefree. It’s perfect for the ambiance of the room.
Let’s take another step back to see that beautiful stencil with the painted walls.
Remember the before?
Aren’t you just loving how it’s all coming together?
If you still are skeptical – trust my vision. The best is yet to come.

I’ve heard from many of you that you would LOVE a stencil in your room, but are scared to try because you think it will be too hard.

Well I’m going to show you just how easy working with a stencil is. (Seriously, we did this closet in about 1.5 hours and most of that was prep stuff and washing the stencil periodically).

Tip #1 - Use spray adhesive AND painter’s tape for the stencil. Lightly spray the back of the stencil and stick it to the wall (or whatever surface you are painting).
*Note: The picture below is from a different stencil that I used in another room. The action is the same, I just forgot to take a picture of spraying the stencil this time*
Spray adhesive usually works by itself before you get any paint on the stencil, but after it has a little bit of paint on it, I found you had to use a piece of painter’s tape here and there to keep it completely in place.

Tip #2: Roll off the majority of the paint. Now that the stencil is in place we can get some paint on our brush. I should also mention that using a good brush is another tip. This is one time when it’s worth it to spend the extra $$ and get a good brush.
Anyway, back to getting paint on your brush. Go ahead and roll it in your tray and roll most of it off.
Have a towel that you never want to use again nearby and roll most of the paint off again.
By the time you’ve done this you will have hardly any paint on that brush.
This little trick is what I found prevents bleeding. You really don’t need very much paint at all.
Once you’re to this point, go ahead and roll the brush over the stencil. Keep rolling until you have the area covered (you may need to go back for more paint, but I found that I could cover the entire stencil with one dip in the paint).
Then here’s the best part. You only need to do one coat (depending on the paint you use)!!!
Remove the stencil and step back to admire your handiwork.
Tip #3: Use Registration Marks. All of the stencils by Royal Design Studio have registration marks that make it a breeze to line up your stencil and seamlessly continue your design. This stencil had little triangles at each of the four corners, so when I first stuck the stencil up on the wall I used a pencil and traced each of those triangles on the wall. Then when I went back to continue the stencil, I simply lined up the triangles on the wall with the triangles on the stencil and kept on going. Since we didn’t use very much paint, it dried in a few minutes so we could start our second stencil fairly quickly.
Tip #4: Clean Your Stencil. After a few uses, the paint builds up on the stencil, which can make it easier for the paint to bleed. I’m probably too nit-picky about this, but I wanted it to look the best it could so every 3 uses I would rinse the stencil off in the tub. The paint comes right off with water and only takes a few minutes. Dry the stencil off with a clean towel and you are ready to continue.

So now we got most of the closet painted. However, look closely at the top. There was just a little bit of a gap that we needed to fill in.
Fortunately, the stencils by Royal Design Studio are sturdy and flexible. They bend enough that you can tackle things like corners or the tops of closets. We sprayed about 5” of the bottom of the stencil and stuck it on the wall by lining up the registration marks. Since there about 3/4 of the stencil wasn’t stuck to the wall, but was bending over away from it, Jessica held the top of the stencil for me so the weight of it wouldn’t pull the lower part away from the wall, and we were able to get the entire space stenciled.
Any guesses what’s coming next? Hopefully, I’ll be able to tackle it this weekend and post about it soon.
If this got you really excited to try a stencil, just wait until next week and I *might* be able to help you out with that. {Giveaway hint, hint}.

If you just can’t wait until then, go check out Royal Design Studio and pick out the perfect stencil for you.
And because RDS loves you guys so much, you can save 10% by using code SEW10.

Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Thanks for the tips! I am actually in the process of painting my sons room right now. I am going to stencil one of the walls.

  2. Thanks for the tips on the stencil! I would have never thought of using spray adhesive.

  3. Looks great so far! I love the stencil tips, too!!

  4. Wow!! Love the closet stenciled!! Looks so cool!

  5. Love it Tam!! Thanks for showing off our Tailfeathers stenicil and for adding your tips! It's not the funnest thing in the world to clean a stencil but makes the final result SOOO much better. Great job!


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